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Elkhart County fair board prepared to increase bike parking capacity as traffic grows

The completion of the Monroe Street Trail could bring more bike traffic to the fair.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.

GOSHEN — Five days into the 2014 fair, an Elkhart County 4-H fair board member said accommodations made for cyclists wanting to ride to the fair are working.

Anticipating the opening of the Monroe Street Trail in Goshen, the fair board added a bike parking lot near the Gate 2 entrance. They temporarily installed 10 bike racks that were donated by Millmark Enterprises, said Wayne Kramer, advertising director at the fair board and coordinator of the Bike to the Fair event held on Friday, July 18.

The bike racks have a capacity for 11 or 12 bicycles, and although fair board members have not seen the number of cyclists bringing their bikes to the fair surpassing the bike racks’ capacity, Kramer said the Goshen Park and Recreation Department is prepared to bring additional racks if necessary.

“Sunday was a big day,” he said “We had a very large crowd. But we are monitoring the non-free days as well.”

The location of the parking lot has also worked so far. The board determined that a location near Gate 2 made sense because it’s already a popular entrance for those who used their bikes in previous years.

Kramer said he thinks bike traffic could increase as people become more familiar with the bike trails in Goshen, particularly the one along Monroe Street that cyclists can use to make it to the fairgrounds safely.

Kramer said the board appreciates any input from those who rode their bikes to the fair this year, and will take it into consideration when determining whether to use the same location and the same number of bike racks in future years.

"We’re excited about it as a possibility for more people to use the Monroe Trail to come to the fair or in a leisurely fashion.”

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Sharon Hernandez on Twitter at @Sharon_HT


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